Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Bars IDs & Public Benefits for DREAMers

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As young immigrants begin the application process for President Obama's new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, others will have even more hurdles to jump, thanks to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Brewer has signed an executive order to deny benefits to young illegal immigrants who qualify under the new deferred action policy. Those who qualify under the program in Arizona will not be able to receive public benefits, nor will they be allowed state identification -- including a driver's license, reports Politico

Brewer stated in her order that the policy change could "result in some unlawfully present aliens inappropriately gaining access to public benefits contrary to the intent of Arizona voters and lawmakers who enacted laws expressly restricting access to taxpayer funded benefits and state identification." 

When Obama's program was announced in June, Brewer called it "backdoor amnesty" and accused Obama of pandering.

State Representative Catherine Miranda, who supports the federal program, called Brewer's action mean-spirited.

"She just continues to put obstacles in front of young people in Arizona," she told the Associated Press

What do you think of Brewer's order? Do you think it will stand?

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